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Cyclist deaths are now at a five-year high

More and more people are taking to their bicycles as concerns are raised over car pollution, saving money on fuel and improving health. The government announced last week that they were going to inject a massive £94m cash injection to promote cycling. Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle, Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford and Norwich will share £77m, with four national parks getting a further £17m.

A Cycling Revolution?

The money is set to improve existing and fund new cycle routes. The government says it also wants to cut red tape to facilitate cyclist-friendly planning.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he wanted to start “a cycling revolution”. The government is aiming to make it easier and safer for people who already cycle, as well as encouraging more people to take up cycling.

Greater Manchester will get £20m of the budget to build or improve a huge 30 miles of cycle paths and create new 20mph speed limit zones around the city.

But Will Safety Improve?

Cyclist deaths rose 10% to 122 during 2012, with serious injuries increasing to a massive 3208 up by 4%, the latter increasing for the eighth consecutive year.

Shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle said: “No amount of cynical spin from David Cameron will make up for the fact that, immediately on taking office, he axed Cycle England, the Cycle Demonstration Towns scheme and the annual £60m budget to support cycling that he inherited.

“Since then he has axed targets to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads, reduced traffic enforcement, cut the THINK! awareness campaign and allowed longer HGVs.

“Tragically the number of cyclist deaths is now at a five-year high, reversing the progress that was starting to be made, and reports of new casualties are becoming a weekly occurrence,” she said.

Both Cyclists and Motorists Need to Take Heed

Of the 122 deaths in 2012, 106 are known to have taken place due to a collision with a motor vehicle, while a number of the remaining deaths are still being investigated. In 61 of the fatalities, a car was involved, but others involved Lorries, HGV’s, Buses, Taxis and Motorbikes.

Why Are Serious Injuries Increasing?

Debbie Wainwright, Associate Solicitor at Hattons Solicitors said, “It is reasonable to assume that the more cyclists that take to the road the higher the risk of accidents and without suitable cycle routes and safety in many places, accidents will continue to happen. Increasing dangerous road conditions are another cause of problems for cyclists with large potholes, ice and raised road surfaces, which the government is yet to tackle to the extent needed for safe road conditions. It is great that the government are attempting to take action but is it too little too late? Only time will tell.”

If you need legal advice on making a claim after a cycling accident call our friendly legal team on 0800 298 9690, email info@hattonssolicitors.com or fill in the Claim Now form to the right of this screen.

Information taken from BBC News online article on 12th August, The Times online article 2nd January 2013

Mystery over too many serious head injuries in halton

Reportedly the borough of Halton has the highest number of serious head injuries in the country* with the figures showing that someone suffers a serious injury nearly every other day.

Halton is closely followed in the statistics by Liverpool, St Helens, Knowsley, Warrington and the Wirral. These figures are particularly worrying as there does not appear to be a particular reason for this.

Serious injuries can include brain, spinal, and head injuries as well as severe burns or scalds, loss of sight, amputations or any combination of these. The consequences of these injuries would be traumatic and life changing for the victim.

Legal Advice Is Vital to Make Sure You Are Covered for Long Term Injuries

In many instances where a serious injury is suffered, responsibility for the injury will rest not with the victim, but with another party. In those circumstances, the victim is entitled to claim compensation from the responsible party.

Going about obtaining this compensation would be a daunting task for anyone when faced with aggressive Defendants and Insurance companies, often trying to either deny they were responsible for the injuries you have sustained, or trying to argue that your injuries have not had as devastating effect on your life as you know they have.

As such, it is vital that you as an accident victim obtain legal advice from an independent specialist in this type of work to fight your corner for you, and that you do not try to deal with the matter yourself directly with an insurance company.

It is important that you act fast as you only have 3 years from the date that you suffered the serious injury to make a claim.

Whilst in serious injury cases it may be some time to establish the full extent of your injuries, and their effect upon your life, it is still far more beneficial to involve a Solicitor in your claim as early as possible, to ensure that the correct approach to dealing with your claim is taken

Expert Solicitor Debbie Wainwright Describes the Difference Compensation Can Make

Associate Solicitor Debbie Wainwright has worked at Hattons Solicitors for 9 years, with vast experience of dealing with seriously injured accident victims and understands the devastating effect an accident can have, not only on the person injured but also on their loved ones. ” It’s a sad fact that these clients have to often adjust their whole lives, needing long term specialist care. It can make such a difference to their future quality of life, and also their loved ones, by receiving the compensation they so deserve.”

Debbie is prepared to go the extra mile to help her clients. She is a committee member of the Halton and St Helens branch of Headway – The Brain Injury Association, which provides assistance and support for both the victims and their families. She has pioneered a fundraising bike ride with 5 of Hattons staff, for the Headway that rose over £2200.

Serious Injuries – why choose Hattons?

Our team of expert solicitors can help you in many ways. We understand which experts to instruct to assist you, including specialist medical experts to assess the long term effects of your injury, and rehabilitation experts to help you try to get your life back on track. At Hattons we embrace a rounded holistic approach to rehabilitation for our clients ensuring that the client’s individual interests are kept at the centre of the case. With no two clients the same, we make sure that we meet the individual needs of each client to get the right result of them.

Serious Injury Case Studies

Cyclist Collided with a Lorry – Hattons Help Obtained £70,000 Compensation

The cyclist lost consciousness for several hours and suffered a fractured skull and neck pain. They went on to be at risk of epilepsy, a slower sense of mental reaction and developed short temperedness and irritability. Compensation helped the victim who struggled to return to work on a full time basis.

Motorcyclist Collided with Car – Hattons Help Secured £200,000 Compensation

The motorcyclist suffered a number of serious injuries to their joints and internal organs and then developed depression, needing years of care following the accident. Compensation has gone towards helping to improve their quality of life.

If you would like advice on making a claim for compensation after a serious injury call our specialist team on 0800 2989690, email info@hattonssolicitors.com or fill in the Claim Now Form and we’ll ring you back.

* Published by the South West Public Health Observatory. Statistics are taken between 2008-11.

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